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Series 6000

INSTRUCTION MANUAL v. 4.0

Coating
Thickness
Gages

Built-In
Probe

Separate
Probe

Simple. Durable. Accurate.


Introduction

The 6000 hand-held, electronic Gage


non-destructively measures the thickness
of coatings on metals, quickly and
accurately.
While all 6000 Gages look the same and
behave in a similar fashion, each model
has specific abilities or features as
denoted by the model number (e.g. 6000
FNS3). The model number is engraved
on the back and the probe type is
displayed when the Gage is turned on.

Styles
Built-In Probe gages have a permanent,
built-in probe for easy, one-hand
operation. These probes are not
interchangeable.
Separate Probe gages have the probe
mounted at the end of a 4 ft. (1.2m) cable
and have an S suffix in the model
number. They allow greater accessibility
onto small parts or into hard-to-reach
areas. These completely interchangeable
probes retain their own unique calibration
information. On power-up the 6000
automatically determines what type of
probe is attached, then performs an
automatic self-check. It is important to pull
only on the probe connector when
changing probes. Do not pull on the
probe cable.

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Probes
All 6000 probes fall into one of two
categories:
One-point Optimization probes can be
optimized using the One-point
Optimization technique.
Two-point Optimization probes can be
optimized using the Two-point
Optimization technique.
See p.10 for details on Optimization.
Principles of Operation
F models use the magnetic principle to
measure the thickness of non-
magnetic coatings on ferrous metals.
N models use the eddy current principle
to measure the thickness of non-
conductive coatings on non-ferrous
metals.
FN models combine the full abilities of
both the F and N models.
Models
1 = BASIC - mils/microns, FLIP LCD,
LCD
average ZERO and RESET RESET
features.
2 = STANDARD - all BASIC features
plus average, standard deviation,
user adjustable HiLo limits,
Max/Min thickness by group of
RES, button
measurements, HI=RES
LOCK and user-selectable power-
down times.
3 = MEMORY - all STANDARD features
plus storage & printer/computer
downloading for 5000
measurements.

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Power-up / Power-down
The 6000 powers-up when any button is
depressed and displays the last
measurement. Built-In probe gages turn
on automatically when the probe touches
the surface.
To preserve battery life, the gage powers-
down after 60 seconds of no activity.
There is no OFF button. However, to
quickly power-down, press both buttons
simultaneously and hold until gage
OFF.
displays OFF
All settings are retained during power-
down including the last measurement.
Always be sure the gage is powered
down before changing the batteries.
How To Take A Measurement
1. On Built-In probe models, slide the
probe cover open FULLY. It acts as a
second "foot" to steady the Gage.
2. Turn gage on with any button. Built-In
probe models turn on automatically
when the probe is placed on a surface.
3. Place the probe FLAT on the surface to
be measured and HOLD STEADY.
When a valid measurement is
calculated, the Gage BEEPS, BLINKS
twice and displays the measurement.
4. Lift probe AT LEAST 2 INCHES (50
mm) from the surface between
measurements - OR - leave probe in
the same location for continuous
measurements about every 5 seconds.
5. When finished, slide the Built-In probe
cover FULLY shut to prevent Gage
from accidentally turning on and
draining the battery. Keep Separate
probes away from metal so they can
power down automatically.
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Golden Rule
Measure your uncoated part first!
This quick zero-check determines if any
adjustment is needed for your particular
substrate. Zeroing compensates for
deviations in shape, diameter,
composition, roughness, etc.
Menu Operation
Gage functions are menu controlled, by
two menus, the Main Menu (see p.6) and
the Config Menu (see p.7). The Main
Menu is used to turn the features and
special functions of the gage on or off.
The Config Menu is used to change basic
gage configuration settings, such as the
displayed language, power-down interval,
and displayed resolution.
To access the Main Menu, turn the gage
on and press 8 9 simultaneously to
display the first menu choice.
To access the Config Menu, allow the
gage to power-down. While the gage is
off, press 8 9 simultaneously and hold
for 3 seconds to display the first menu
choice.
In both menus,
To answer "YES" press 9 and the
current choice will be selected.
To answer "NO" press 8 and the next
option will be displayed.
After the last Main Menu option, the Gage
re-displays the last measurement. After
the last Config Menu option the gage
powers down.

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Main Menu
This menu can be accessed when the
gage is turned ON by simultaneously
pushing 8 9.
BASIC (1) STANDARD (2) MEMORY (3)
Models Models Models
STAT ON?
ZERO? B MARK?
STAT OFF?

HiLo ON? MEM ON?
2nd pnt?
HiLo OFF? MEM OFF?

N - Lock? STAT ON?
ZERO?
FN AUTO? STAT OFF?

HiLo ON?
FLIPLCD? 2nd pnt?
HiLo OFF?

N - Lock?
RESET? PRINT?
FN AUTO?

FLIPLCD? CLR MEM?

Off? ZERO?


RESET? N - Lock?
Nlock / FN AUTO?
FNAUTO for
FN models only.

2Nd pnt? appears on 2ND pnt?


Two-point Optimization

Probes only (p.12).
2ND pnt? does FLIPLCD?
not appear while in MEMORY,
MEMORY
STATS or HiLo modes.
Off?
Underlined options appear only
if readings are stored in memory
OFF? option appears only RESET?
when gage is set to SLOWOFF
mode (see Config Menu).

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Config Menu
This menu can be accessed when the
gage is turned OFF by simultaneously
pushing 8 9 and holding for 3 seconds.
BASIC (1) STANDARD (2)
Models & MEMORY (3)
MICRONS? Microns?
MILS? M ILS?

ENGLISH? ENGLISH?

Francais Francais

Deutsch? Deutsch?

Espanol? Espanol?


SLOwoff?
XRESET?
Fastoff?

HIGHRES?
LOW RES?

LOCK?
UNLOCK?

XRESET?

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Calibration and Optimization

Calibrate Optimize Measure

The 6000 is factory aligned and performs


an automatic self-check each time it takes
a measurement. For many applications
no adjustment is necessary - just ZERO
on the uncoated substrate, then measure.
However, gage readings can be
influenced by changes in substrate
shape, diameter, composition, surface
roughness or by measuring in a different
location on the part.
The 6000 can be Calibrated to verify that
it is operating correctly and measuring
accurately. The 6000 can also be
Optimized for use on your specific
application.
Calibration is the act of measuring
known Calibration Standards, and
verifying that the results are within the
tolerance of the Gage.
Optimization is the act of changing the
Gages thickness reading to match that of
a known sample in order to improve the
effectiveness of the Gage on a specific
surface or in a specific portion of its
measurement range.
The need to Calibrate or Optimize
depends upon a number of factors
including the level of accuracy required
and the need to satisfy ISO or other in-
house quality control requirements.

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How to Calibrate
Make several measurements on each of
three to five traceable Calibration
Standards (see below).
If all of the readings on each standard is
within the tolerance of the Gage, the
Gage is operating properly and the
calibration is complete.
If the readings are not within tolerance,
first verify that your standards are good,
then repeat the measurements. If the
measurements are still out of tolerance,
you may wish to try a second set of
standards. If after this step the Gage is
still reading out of tolerance, the Gage
should be returned for service. There are
no user alignments possible.
(Written Calibration Procedures are
available from DeFelsko at no charge,
and are included on the PosiSoft CD with
every Memory model).
Calibration Standards:
To calibrate the 6000 you must have a set
of Thickness Calibration Standards with 3
to 5 values that cover the full range of the
probe being used. These standards must
have been measured to an accuracy that
is four or more times better than the
accuracy of the Gage at the thickness
being measured.
Example: If the gage has an accuracy of
2 microns at the thickness being
measured, then the standards have to
have been verified to an accuracy of
better than or equal to 0.5 micron.
(Traceable Calibration Standards are
available for each 6000 model. Contact
your dealer for details).

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Calibration Interval
User specific intervals should be
established based upon frequency of use,
handling practices and measuring
environment.
Effects of Temperature
If measurements will be made in extreme
hot or cold temperatures, measure your
Calibration Standards in the working
environment. The 6000 should then be
optimized in that same environment.
How to Optimize
One- or Two-point Optimization should be
performed if readings are not falling within
the expected range of thickness for the
application being measured.
One-point Optimization
Simple Zero Adjustment
(F, FS, FRS, N, NS, NRS, FN, FNS, FNRS, SPFS and
NAS probes only)

Measure your uncoated part. If the Gage


does not read 0 0 within the tolerance of
the probe being used, lift the probe from
the surface and adjust the display down 8
or up 9 until the display reads 0 0 .
Measure and adjust until the average of a
series of readings on the uncoated
0 (within tolerance).
surface is 0
Average Zero Adjustment
(Main Menu)

On rough or curved surfaces the Simple


Zero Adjustment method must be
0 .
repeated several times to get a good 0
A preferred method is to take several
readings on the uncoated part and
average the result.

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1. Select the ZERO? menu option.
2. Press 9 to select the number of
readings to be used to obtain an
average; typically 3 to 9 readings. The
greater the variation between readings,
the more readings should be taken to
obtain an average. The display will
show the number of readings
remaining; i.e. ZERO 4X?
3. Repeatedly measure the uncoated part
in the same area. The Gage will
WAIT message for 2
display a WAIT
seconds between readings to allow the
user to correctly position the probe on
the surface. After the last
measurement the Gage will calculate
0 as indicated by a triple
and display 0
BEEP. This 0 0 represents the
average of all the ZERO readings
taken.
NOTE: "FN" models retain separate "F"
and "N" zero settings. Adjustments are
made to the currently displayed
substrate only.
Adjustment To A
Known Thickness
(F, FS, FRS, N, NS, NRS, FN, FNS, FNRS, SPFS and
NAS probes only)

It is sometimes desirable to adjust the


gage to a known thickness rather than
adjusting it to zero.
Measure the object. If the expected
reading (within tolerance) is not obtained,
lift the probe from the surface and adjust
the display down 8 or up 9 to the
expected thickness.

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Two-point Optimization
(FT, FTS, NT, NTS, FNT, FNTS, FHS, NHS and
Microprobes only)

This method requires taking a reading on


ZERO) and on
both the uncoated object (ZERO
2ND PNT).
a known thickness (2ND PNT This
second point should be near the top end
of your application thickness to be
measured.
ZERO? the Gage as described in
1. ZERO?
Average Zero Adjustment (p.10).
2. Select the 2ND PNT? (Main Menu)
option.
3. Press 9 to set the number of readings
used to obtain an average, typically 3
to 9. The greater the variation between
readings, the more readings should be
taken to obtain an average. The
display will show the number of
readings remaining to be taken; i.e.
2NDPNT4X
2NDPNT4X
4. Repeatedly measure the known
thickness (coated part, a plastic shim
or a Coating Thickness Standard) until
the display shows 2PT=value.
2PT The
WAIT for 2 seconds
Gage will display WAIT
between readings to allow the user to
correctly position the probe on the
surface.
5. Lift the probe from the surface and
adjust the displayed reading down 8 or
up 9 to the known thickness value.
Press 8 9 simultaneously to accept this
value.

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Inch/Metric Conversion
(Config Menu)

Selecting the MILS? or MICRONS?


Config Menu option converts the display
and all stored readings from inch to metric
or vice versa.
RESET Feature
It may be desirable to return the 6000 to a
known state when settings have been
changed purposely or inadvertently, if the
gage behaves in an unfamiliar or
unexpected manner, or if an object of
known thickness is not available to adjust
gage readings.
There are two types, RESET and
XRESET.
XRESET
NOTE: Keep the probe away from metal
during RESET or XRESET.
XRESET

RESET
(Main Menu)

Selecting RESET returns the gage to a


basic condition without erasing any
readings stored in gage memory. The
following changes are made to the gage
after selecting RESET:
RESET
all MODES are turned off
(memory, statistics, HiLo).
a zero reading and a symbol
appear on the display. The symbol
disappears if the Gage is zeroed or
optimized.
RESET is handy when:
you wish to return the gage to a basic
condition, but you do not wish to lose
stored readings and Config Menu
settings

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XRESET
(Config Menu)

Selecting XRESET returns the gage to


an out-of-the-box condition by performing
a RESET and restoring factory settings.
The XRESET function makes all of the
same changes as RESET,
RESET and also
make the following changes:
all readings in memory are erased.
measuring units, power down, button
lock and resolution settings are
restored.
XRESET is handy when:
attempting to correct unexpected gage
behavior
you are uncertain what previous
adjustments have been made and wish
to return the Gage to a known
condition.
FN Combination Probes
FN probes combine the capabilities of
both "F" and "N" probes.
The probe first attempts a measurement
using the magnetic principle. If the
coating is non-magnetic, within the
probes thickness range and the substrate
is ferrous, a reading is displayed with the
letter "F".
If no valid reading is obtained with the
magnetic principle the probe
automatically attempts a measurement
using the eddy current principle. If the
coating is non-conductive, within the
probes thickness range and the substrate
is a non-ferrous metal, a reading is
displayed with the letter "N".
If a reading is still not obtained, dashes
( -- -- -- -- -- ) appear on the display.
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Non-Ferrous Lock (N LOCK?)
(Main Menu)
(FN Probes only)

Select the N LOCK? menu option (non-


ferrous lock) when operating regularly on
non-ferrous substrates. This disables the
automatic substrate determination ability
and forces the probe to only use the eddy
current principle when measuring,
regardless of the substrate. This shortens
measurement time and extends battery
life.
TIP: N LOCK is also useful in instances
such as measuring paint on galvanized
(zinc coated) steel. In AUTOmatic
(normal) mode the probe measures
both the paint and zinc over the steel
using the magnetic principle. N LOCK
makes the Gage measure the paint
over the zinc only.
TIP: Select N LOCK to measure over
slightly magnetic substrates; i.e. clear-
coat on gold over nickel-plated brass.
Although the probes magnet is used
for the magnetic principle, it is also
used in N LOCK to magnetically
saturate a slightly magnetic substrate
and allow the eddy current principle to
operate unhindered.
WARNING: With N LOCK engaged it is
possible to obtain a reading when
measuring non-conductive coatings on
steel. However, eddy current is not the
preferred measuring principle on steel.
Select the FN AUTO? menu option to
return the probe to its auto selecting
capability.

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Slow-off / Fast-off
(Config Menu)
Standard (2) and Memory (3) models only

When SLOWOFF? is selected the gage


powers-down after approximately 30
minutes of no activity, or when OFF? is
selected from the Main Menu (see p.6).
When FASTOFF? is selected the gage
powers-down after approximately 60
seconds of no activity. This is the default
factory setting.
Hi-Resolution Mode
(Config Menu)
Standard (2) and Memory (3) models only

When HIGHRES? is selected, the


displayed gage resolution becomes as
follows:
Resolution Range

0.01 mil 0.00 99.00 mils


0.1 mil 100.0 999.9 mils

0.1 m 0.0 999.9 m


0.01 mm 1.00 99.99 mm
When LOW RES? is selected, HI-
RESOLUTION Mode is deactivated and the
gage resolution is returned to the default
factory setting.
NOTE: Gage accuracy is not affected by
the HI-RESOLUTION Mode.
Lock Mode
(Config Menu) - One-point Optimization Probes only
Standard (2) and Memory (3) models only

The LOCK? Menu option locks the 8 9


buttons. This prevents accidental
adjustments to readings when you have
set the gage up for a specific application.
Select UNLOCK? to unlock the
buttons. This is the default factory setting.

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Flip LCD
(Main Menu)

The FLIPLCD? menu option causes the


display to read upside down. On
Separate Probe Gages this feature
allows the Gage to be laid on a worktable
with the LCD conveniently pointed toward
the operator, thus freeing the operators
hands to hold the probe and part to be
measured. On Built-In Probe Gages this
feature is useful when the Gage is used
upside down to measure on a ceiling.
Statistics Mode
(Main Menu)
Standard (2) and Memory (3) models only

When STAT ON? is selected, a


symbol and a counter (N 0) 0 appear on
the display. As each measurement is
taken, the reading is displayed and the
counter is increased. An incorrect reading
can be removed by pressing 8 before
another reading is taken. After a desired
number of readings, lift the probe from the
surface and press 9 to display statistics.
example:
mils microns
average: x = 1.8 x = 46
standard deviation: = 0.5 = 13
number of readings: n= 3 n= 3
maximum thickness: MAX 1.9 MAX 48
minimum thickness: MIN 1.7 MIN 43

These statistics are automatically


displayed one-after-the-other with a one
second pause between each. Speed up
the cycle by pressing 9. The auto-cycle
continues until:
the Gage powers-down.

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another reading is taken, in which case
the sequence starts over.
the 8 button is pressed, in which case
the last reading is displayed.
HILO Mode must be off to activate
STATISTICS Mode. Adjustments cannot be
made to readings while in STATISTICS
Mode. To turn STATISTICS Mode off,
select STATOFF?
HiLo Mode
(Main Menu)
Standard (2) and Memory (3) models only

When HiLo ON? is selected, the


current Lo setting is displayed. Adjust
down 8 or up 9. Alternatively, measure a
coating with a thickness close to the
required value and make final
adjustments with the 8 9 buttons. Press 8
9 simultaneously to accept this value.
The last Hi setting is now displayed.
Follow the same procedure to adjust the
Hi setting. The symbol will indicate
HiLo Mode is now ON.
Measurements will now be compared to
your defined limits. The Gage BEEPS
TWICE (normal) if results are within those
limits and ONCE if outside. The single
BEEP is a LOW tone with a if it is
below the Lo limit, and a HIGH tone with
a if it is above the Hi limit.
NOTE: The LED will only BLINK if
readings are within limits.
STATISTICS Mode must be off. Calibration
adjustments cannot be made while in
HIL O MODE. To turn HIL O MODE off
HiLoOFF?".
select "HiLoOFF?

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Memory Mode
(Main Menu)
Memory (3) models only

When MEM_ON?
MEM ON? is selected the
0 ) appear. 5000
symbol and a counter (0
readings in up to 100 batches (groups)
can be recorded.
In MEMORY MODE readings are
simultaneously displayed and stored. The
current BATCH number (B1 B1) is displayed.
Remove the last reading from memory by
pressing 8 . Erase ALL stored readings by
selecting "CLRCLR MEM?".
MEM? Calibration
adjustments cannot be made while in
MEMORY Mode. To turn MEMORY Mode off
MEM OFF?.
select "MEM OFF?
NOTE:: Press 9 at any time for a
summary view of the average,
standard deviation, number of
readings, minimum thickness reading
and maximum thickness reading in the
current batch. Then press 8 or take a
reading to exit the summary view.
Batch Markers
Readings taken for different jobs or parts
can be grouped together or "separated"
by placing Batch Markers between sets of
measurements. Select B MARK? from
the Main Menu after a series of readings.
A Batch Marker is set automatically if you
turn HILO or STATISTICS Modes on or off.
Statistical summaries are calculated for
each batch during downloading.
Memory AND Statistics Modes
Together
When both these MODES are ON,
individual measurements ARE NOT
STORED. Instead, when 9 is pressed, the

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average, standard deviation, number of
readings, minimum thickness reading and
maximum thickness reading are
simultaneously displayed and stored in
memory. Again, statistical summaries are
calculated for each batch during printing.
This delivers the average of a set of
average readings as required by SSPC
PA-2 guidelines.
NOTE: SSPC is a U.S.-based Society
for Protective Coatings. PA-2 is a Paint
Application specification.
Printing
Memory(3) models only

Data can be sent from the 6000 to a serial


printer, data collector or computer using
the supplied RS232 serial cable -- or
directly to the optional wireless HP IR
printer using the Gages built-in IR port.
Printer Output
Select PRINT?
Choose an output option:
ALL:
ALL individual readings + Statistical
Summary
HISTO:
HISTO Statistical Summary + Histogram
Select IR PRT for the HP IR Printer --
or
Select a TYPE as below if printing to a
serial printer or computer. If uncertain
which TYPE to use, try each one, one at
a time.
TYPE BAUD Handshake
TYPE 1 9600 Xon/Xoff
TYPE 2 9600 DTR
TYPE 3 1200 Xon/Xoff
TYPE 4 1200 DTR

Each batch (group of measurements) is


printed separately. The mean, max/min

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measurement, standard deviation and
number of readings is printed for each.
Depending upon what MODE was active
when the measurements were taken,
three output types are possible:
REGULAR Mode - all readings are output
STATISTICS Modes - only averages and
standard deviations are output
HILO Mode - all readings are output, each
followed by an indication of which limit
they exceeded.
NOTE: The portable, battery operated,
wireless HP IR printer is available from
your dealer. It provides quick,
convenient, low-cost output in the field,
on the shop floor, or in the lab.

NOTE: The histogram shows a visual


interpretation of the distribution of
readings. The total spread of thickness
is divided into a number of equal
bands. The printout consists of a bar
chart, the length of each bar
corresponding to the number of
readings in that band.

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Sample Printer Output (ALL)
6000 FNS3
S/N 123456
15 Readings Summary
2 Batches
------------------------------
STATISTICS BATCH # 1 FE STATISTICS
PROBE MODEL FNS and
MEMORY
MODES on
# AVG STDDEV n
1 15.20 mil 0.05 5
2 15.20 mil 0.05 3 Only average
3 15.10 mil 0.00 3 readings were
stored
------------------------------
MAX 15.20 mil
MIN 15.10 mil
N 3
MEAN 15.17 mil The Average
STD DEV 0.06 mil of averages!
------------------------------
HI/LO BATCH # 2 FE HiLo and
PROBE MODEL FS MEMORY

# READING MODES on
1 1.85 mil OK
2 0.00 mil LO 2 readings are
3 5.30 mil HI outside limits
4 1.85 mil OK
------------------------------
MAX 5.30 mil
MIN 0.00 mil
N 4
MEAN 2.25 mil
STD DEV 2.21 mil

1 READINGS BELOW 1.75 mil


1 READINGS ABOVE 2.10 mil
2 READINGS WITHIN HIGH/LOW

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Downloading
Downloading Measurements As
They Are Taken
If a serial printer, data collector or
computer is connected to the Gage using
the supplied RS232 serial cable, readings
are immediately sent to the device as
they are taken. Output is in the following
form (example):
{STX} 15.0mil NONFE{CR}{LF}
where:
STX = ASCII code 02 = ^B
CR = ASCII code 13 = ^M
LF = ASCII code 10 = ^J
Downloading Measurements
Stored In Memory
Measurements stored in the Gages
memory can be downloaded to a
computer using an RS232 serial
communication cable and either the
PosiSoft software included with all
Memory(3) gages, or other types of
communications software (see below).
Measurements are not erased from
memory after downloading.

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PosiSoft Coating Thickness


Software for Windows
POSISOFT is supplied
with all 6000 Memory(3)
gages for downloading
readings to a computer.
It runs on Windows-based
PC computers using Microsoft Windows
95 or higher version and having a COM
port. It allows entry of notes and
annotations, prints histograms and basic
charts and is ideal for monitoring coating
thickness applications. Complete
operating instructions can be accessed by
first installing the software, starting the
program, then selecting the Help
PosiSoft Help menu option.
Other Communications Software
Existing communication software can be
used, providing it can capture data from a
PRINT?" and a
COM port. Select "PRINT?
TYPE?
download TYPE?

Serial Communications
Configuration
Type 1
8 bit words, no parity, 1 stop bit
9600 baud
XON-XOFF handshaking
The supplied serial cable is a 3.5 mm
STEREO PLUG to a DB9 F.
Pinout Description
2 TXD Transmit data (from Gage)
3 RXD Receive data (from PC / Printer)
5 GROUND

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Available Options
HP IR Printer
A convenient, portable printer is available
for use with Memory models. The
Gage transmits data to this
battery-operated printer
through the infrared port
without connectors or
cables.
Traceable Standards
Calibration standards are available for
each particular probe.
They are ideal for ISO
9000 compliance and for
verifying the operation of
your Gage.
Plastic Shims
A set of five Plastic Shims is included.
They provide a quick operational check
and to help insure proper use of the Gage
by performing practice measurements. In
addition, they can be used to protect the
probe when measuring on tacky, rough or
hot surfaces. See your dealer to order
more Plastic Shims.
User Mode
The User Mode enables a user to load
customizable and pre-configured
calibration data into the Gage for
measuring specialty coatings such as
ferrous-loaded paints.
This mode is not found on 6000 Gages
unless it is specifically requested at the
time the Gage is ordered.
Please contact your dealer for more
information on this option if your
application requires such capability.

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Temperature
Operating range: +32 to +120F
(0 to +50C).
The 6000 compensates automatically for
temperature. Allow a few minutes for the
Gage to reach ambient temperature
before measuring.
Discard the first measurement taken in a
notably different temperature condition.
When measuring surfaces much hotter or
colder than ambient, allow 1 second off
the surface between measurements.
TIP: Ferrous substrates with extreme
temperatures between -150F and
+450F (-100C and +230C) can be
measured with the PosiPen. It is
ideally suited for measuring on small,
hot or hard-to-reach surfaces. Contact
your dealer.
NOTE: The gage will not perform
temperature compensation unless the
probe is lifted from the surface by at
least 6 inches for at least 10 seconds
after a reading.
NOTE: If readings on thick coatings
appear to be inconsistent, remove the
gage from the surface by at least 6
inches for at least 10 seconds to allow
the gage to periodically compensate its
calibration.
Instability Indication
A high, fast, beeping sound emitted
during measuring indicates the Gage
requires more time than usual to
determine a coating thickness
measurement.
This occurs if the probe is touching a very
hot or cold surface, or if the probe is not
being held steady.
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When temperature compensation has
been made or the probe has stabilized,
the beeping will stop and a measurement
will be displayed.
Quick Release Adapter
The F0S and N0S Microprobes are
supplied with a quick release adapter to
convert them to constant pressure probes
for alignment on small, flat or curved
parts.
The adapter is held in place by a spring
located on the microprobe cable. If the
sleeve is not required, simply pull it off the
probe. To re-attach it, slide it over the
microprobe and screw it into the spring.
NOTE: Due to their exceptional
measuring sensitivity, it is necessary to
fixture the N0S, N45S or N90S probes
when measuring.
Maintenance
The 6000 requires no regular
maintenance other than battery
replacement. Paint, dirt and other marks
on the gage housing may be removed
with a solvent such as acetone.
Certification
All Gages are shipped with a Certificate of
Calibration. Some organizations have a
compliance requirement to re-certify
Gages periodically. This can be done by
measuring traceable Standards (available
from your dealer) or by returning the
Gage to an authorized dealer to be re-
certified.

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Changing The Battery
As the batteries become weak the
symbol will appear during
measuring. The Gage can still be used in
this condition but the batteries should be
changed at the earliest opportunity.
USE ONLY AA ALKALINE BATTERIES
Nickel-cadmium and nickel-metal hydride
rechargeable batteries will work but the
low battery symbol may stay on.
To retain all user settings and stored
memory readings, disconnect the battery
only after the Gage has automatically
powered-down.
Battery Life: 50 hours continuous or
36,000 readings
Trouble Shooting
SERVICE appears on the display,
If SERVICE
the Gage must be returned to the
manufacturer or dealer for repair.
PWR LOST
A PWR LOST condition may appear if
the batteries are disconnected while the
Gage is on. It may also indicate a low
battery condition. Zero adjustments will
have to be re-done and memory may be
PWR LOST
erased. If PWR LOST persists, change
the batteries and perform an XRESET.
XRESET
As with any electronic device, harsh
temperature and electromagnetic
environments or rough handling may alter
the performance of some Gage
components causing the Gage to exhibit
unusual behavior. An XRESET will
enable the Gage to recover from many of
these disturbances without the necessity
of returning the Gage for service.

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Returning the Gage for Service
Before returning the Gage for service
1. Install new Alkaline batteries.
2. Examine the probe tip for dirt or
damage. Constant-pressure probes
should move up and down freely.
3. Perform a gage XRESET.
XRESET
4. Place a plastic shim onto bare metal
(steel or non-steel, depending upon
whether you have an F or N
probe) and attempt a measurement.
If you must return the Gage for service,
describe the problem fully and include
measurement results, if any. Be sure to
also include the probe, your company
name, company contact, telephone
number and fax number.

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Technical Data
Conforms to the practices of: BS3900(C5), ISO
2178/2360/2808, ASTM B499/ D1186/D1400,
SSPC-PA2

Range:
Microprobes, NAS 0-25 mils & 0-625 microns
FT, FTS, NT,
0-250 mils & 0-6 mm
NTS, FNT, FNTS
FHS, NHS 0-750 mils & 0-20 mm
All others 0-60 mils & 0-1500 microns:

Default Resolution:
Microprobes, NAS 0.01 mil / 0.5 m
0.1 mil / 2 m (> 4 mils / 100 m)
FT, FTS, NT,
0.5 mil / 0.01 mm
NTS, FNT, FNTS
FHS, NHS 1 mil / 0.02 mm
All others 0.05 mil / 1 m
0.1 mil / 2 m (> 2 mils / 50 m)

Accuracy:
Microprobes, NAS (0.01 mil + 1%) 0 - 4 mils
(0.1 mil + 3%) > 4 mils
(0.5 m + 1%) 0 - 100 m
(2 m + 3%) > 100 m
FT, FTS, NT, (0.5 mil + 1%) 0 - 100 mils
NTS, FNT, FNTS (0.5 mil + 3%) > 100 mils
(0.01 mm + 1%) 0 - 2.5 mm
(0.01 mm + 3%) > 2.5 mm
FHS, NHS (1 mil + 1%) 0 - 250 mils
(1 mil + 5%) > 250 mils
(0.02 mm + 1%) 0 - 6 mm
(0.02 mm + 5%) > 6 mm
All others (0.05 mil + 1%) 0 - 2 mils
(0.1 mils + 1%) > 2 mils
(1 m + 1%) 0 - 50 m
(2 m + 1%) > 50 m

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Physical Specifications:
Gage dimensions:
5.8" x 2.4" x 1.0" (147 x 61 x 25 mm)
Gage Weight (without batteries):
6 ounces (170 grams)
Constant Pressure Probe Pressure:
3 ounces (100 grams)
Maximum Pressure for Microprobes:
2 ounces (55 grams)
Operating Temperature:
+ 32 to + 120F (0 to + 50C)
Measuring Speed:
> 35 readings per minute (Built-In probe
models only)

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Warranty
The manufacturer fully warrants its
products against defects in workmanship
or materials for a period of one year from
date of purchase. In the event that a
Gage is found to be defective, return the
product with proof of purchase to your
dealer, and the defective product will be
repaired or replaced at the manufacturer's
option.
No responsibility is assumed for incidental
or consequential damages.
The warranty is voided if the Gage has
been opened.
Data subject to change without notice.

The Measure of Quality

DeFelsko Corporation
802 Proctor Avenue, P.O. Box 676
Ogdensburg, New York 13669 USA
Tel: 315-393-4450 Fax: 315-393-8471
e-mail: techsale@defelsko.com
web: www.defelsko.com

DeFelsko Corporation USA 2000


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